MARY ANN LEE

MAY 24, 1926 - APRIL 17, 2017

Mary Ann Lee, noted philanthropist and wife of the late E. Desmond (Des) Lee, passed away in her beloved hometown of St. Louis. She was 90.

Mary Ann Lee, noted philanthropist and wife of the late E. Desmond (Des) Lee, passed away in her beloved hometown of St. Louis. She was 90.

"My mother had a tremendous impact on this community and set a wonderful example for us all. In addition to a very big heart, she had a great memory for names and faces that added to her natural grace and charm. But my family and I will remember her most as a wonderfully devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was fondly known as 'Mimi' by her grandchildren and is remembered for picking them up at school, taking them to the zoo, going to their sporting events and brightening family vacations. We will miss her very much."

Andrew C. Taylor
Executive Chairman, Enterprise Holdings Inc.

LIFE & FAMILY

Born May 24, 1926, in St. Louis, Mary Ann Lee was one of two children born to Leonard and Mary MacCarthy. She grew up in Clayton and attended John Burroughs School and Clayton High School. In 1945, Mary Ann married Jack C. Taylor, who 12 years later founded Executive Leasing, now Enterprise Holdings. Their marriage ended in 1977, but right up until Taylor’s death in July 2016, the two shared a continuing devotion to their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She married Des Lee, co-founder of Lee-Rowan Manufacturing Co., in 1978, and went on to build a strong reputation for philanthropy and civic involvement. She served on the boards of John Burroughs School, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Springboard to Learning, the Sheldon Theatre and Forest Park Forever.

Together, the Lees made generous philanthropic gifts to a wide range of causes, gifting more than $70 million over the years. Beneficiaries of their generosity included the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club, United Way of Greater St. Louis, St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis Zoo, Missouri Botanical Garden, University of Missouri–St. Louis, Washington University in St. Louis, Webster University, Missouri Historical Society, The Magic House, Variety the Children's Charity of St. Louis, St. Louis Art Museum and Ranken Technical College.

Des Lee passed away in January 2010.

LEGACY

Mary Ann's dedication to the St. Louis community and her contributions to many worthy causes earned her well-deserved recognition. Accolades she earned over the years included the St. Louis Woman of Achievement for Philanthropy Award, the Woman of the Year Award from Variety the Children's Charity of St. Louis, the Hiram W. Leffingwell Award from Forest Park Forever and, with Des Lee, the NAACP Humanitarian Award.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS

A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. on April 19, 2017, at Ladue Chapel, 9450 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63124.

OBITUARY

Lee, Mary Ann (nee MacCarthy), of St. Louis, Missouri, died April 17, 2017, at the age of 90. Loving wife of the late E. Desmond Lee; beloved mother of Andrew C. (Barbara) Taylor and Jo Ann Taylor Kindle (Tom Caruso); cherished grandmother of Alison Kindle (Kyle) Hogan, Carolyn Kindle (Adam) Betz, Christine Taylor (Lee) Broughton, Kelly Taylor and Patricia Taylor (Andy Magee); and dearest great-grandmother of Grace and Amelia Broughton and Kylie and Kenzie Hogan. Loving stepmother of Christy Lee Pope, Gary Lee (Marilyn Moreland), and Gayle Lee (Bill Berridge); beloved step-grandmother of David Lee, Desmond Duggan, Elizabeth (David) Johnson and Lyrica Marquez. A native St. Louisan, Lee was one of two children born to Leonard and Mary MacCarthy. She grew up in Clayton and attended John Burroughs School and Clayton High School. In 1945, Lee married Jack C. Taylor, who 12 years later founded Executive Leasing, now Enterprise Holdings. Their marriage ended in 1977, but right up until Taylor’s death in July 2016, the two shared a continuing devotion to their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She married Des Lee, co-founder of Lee-Rowan Manufacturing Co., in 1978, and went on to build a strong reputation for philanthropy and civic involvement. She served on the boards of John Burroughs School, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Springboard to Learning, the Sheldon Theatre and Forest Park Forever. Her enthusiastic support of a wide range of causes won her a number of awards, including the St. Louis Woman of Achievement for Philanthropy Award, Woman of the Year Award from Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis, and the Hiram W. Leffingwell Award from Forest Park Forever. But all who knew her will remember her most as a generous and loyal friend and as a wonderfully devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

MEMORIALS

The family requests that memorial donations be made to Forest Park Forever, 5595 Grand Drive, St. Louis, MO 63112, or to John Burroughs School, 755 South Price Road, St. Louis, MO 63124.




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